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2023


2023-01-31: What I read in January 2023
2023-01-27: Good days, bad days
2023-01-17: Overwhelm First Aid Kit
2023-01-01: 🎯 My Reader Goals 2023

2022


2022-12-31: What I read in December 2022
2022-12-20: Slowing down and COVID-19
2022-11-30: What I read in November 2022
2022-11-15: Rambling thoughts in the morning
2022-11-04: 2022 Reflections and "non-doing"
2022-10-31: What I read in October 2022
2022-09-30: What I read in September 2022
2022-09-28: Changing times and tastes
2022-09-19: Grief
2022-08-31: What I read in August 2022
2022-08-17: Dietary restrictions: Phase 1
2022-07-31: What I read in July 2022
2022-07-26: GTD Journey: Connecting it all with a Dashboard 🚩
2022-06-30: What I read in June 2022
2022-06-30: GTD Journey: There and Back Again with Nirvana
2022-06-19: On giving up on books
2022-06-08: GTD Journey: Moving from Nirvana to Microsoft To Do
2022-06-05: Weekend notes
2022-05-31: 🚆Train ride
2022-05-30: What I read in May 2022
2022-05-29: GTD Journey: On (not) linking next actions to projects
2022-05-16: Moving my book tracking to BookWyrm
2022-04-30: What I read in April 2022
2022-04-24: Back at running
2022-04-18: Minimalist bookshelf?
2022-04-08: 10 Important Things
2022-03-30: What I read in March 2022
2022-03-27: Breaking Up With My Phone
2022-03-25: Spring is coming
2022-03-24: How I'm Using Standard Notes
2022-02-27: What I read in February 2022
2022-02-10: 2021 Reading Wrap-Up
2022-02-09: I stopped by the Public Library today...
2022-01-31: What I read in January 2022
2022-01-24: GTD Journey: Settling down with Nirvana
2022-01-12: About a year ago I deleted my social media accounts
2022-01-02: 🎯 My Reader Goals 2022

2021


2021-12-31: What I read in December 2021
2021-12-04: First snow
2021-12-02: What I read in November 2021
2021-11-01: What I read in October 2021
2021-10-03: What I read in September 2021
2021-09-27: The Storygraph: a non-social book tracking site that I'm enjoying
2021-09-13: Switching from Kindle to Kobo
2021-08-31: What I read in August 2021
2021-07-31: What I read in July 2021
2021-07-18: Summer flowers on my path
2021-07-06: What I read in June 2021
2021-06-29: Headspace
2021-05-31: Now
2021-05-31: Getting back to the office... anxious?
2021-05-30: What I read in May 2021
2021-05-22: Colorful tulips and cute flowers to brighten up the day
2021-05-17: Why my thoughts lead me to overwhelm?
2021-04-30: What I read in April 2021
2021-04-11: Busy weeks and days with anxiety
2021-03-31: What I read in March 2021
2021-03-16: Melting snow, Ice and birds
2021-03-14: How I rediscovered my morning routine
2021-02-28: What I read in February 2021
2021-02-22: I went ice skating (again)...
2021-02-16: Some winter views...
2021-02-14: Let's talk about social media
2021-02-07: Ice Skating - Difficulty level: HARD
2021-02-01: Ice Skating Experiences at the Canal
2021-01-31: What I read in January 2021?
2021-01-27: Why do I read?
2021-01-23: Brain dump and reading focus
2021-01-17: Smiley trees in Winter
2021-01-14: Lockdown is back
2021-01-10: It took me 2.5 years to finally delete Facebook (and Twitter)
2021-01-09: Some winter walking and kite surfing views
2021-01-04: Some great discussions about blogging here on R.w.a. and my social media dilemma
2021-01-04: #SearchYou can search this site using the Duck...
2021-01-03: 2021 Word of the Year: ENGAGE 🎬
2021-01-02: My Reader Goals 2021 🎯

2020


2020-12-31: What I read in December 2020
2020-12-15: Exporting notes from Evernote to Markdown: mission accomplished!
2020-12-12: GTD Journey: Is my System too complicated?
2020-12-01: It's December, what a relief!
2020-11-30: What I read in November 2020
2020-11-28: Re-Discovering Write.as, Markdown and good old Plain Text
2020-11-27: Do we really need a note taking app?
2020-11-15: A Season in Images: Hiking
2020-11-07: GTD Journey: Moving back to Todoist (once again!)
2020-10-30: What I read in October 2020
2020-09-30: What I read in September 2020
2020-08-30: What I read in August 2020
2020-07-31: What I read in July 2020
2020-07-04: Discovering Metal Bands
2020-06-28: What I read in June 2020
2020-06-12: GTD Journey: My thoughts on switching to Nirvana
2020-05-29: What I read in May 2020
2020-05-02: Mission: Return better than you left
2020-04-28: What I read in April 2020
2020-04-12: Mind mapping apps and the cloud realization
2020-03-30: What I read in March 2020
2020-03-19: Home Office
2020-03-02: Free Time with no Facebook
2020-02-28: What I read in February 2020
2020-01-30: What I read in January 2020This first month...
2020-01-01: My Reader Goals 2020

2019


2019-12-30: What I read in December 2019
2019-11-26: What I read in November 2019
2019-10-30: What I read in October 2019
2019-09-30: What I read in September 2019
2019-09-04: My thoughts on “The Poppy War”
2019-09-01: Book: Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older and democracy flavors
2019-08-30: What I read in August 2019
2019-08-15: Saga Volume 7
2019-08-06: Are our brains being hacked?
2019-08-03: What I read in July 2019
2019-07-30: Rediscovering GTD: The Journey
2019-07-02: What I read in June 2019
2019-06-30: No more Facebook 👎
2019-06-29: Decluttering my Notes on Evernote
2019-06-19: Tigana: What is a name?
2019-06-17: My notes on "Notes on a Nervous Planet"
2019-06-09: Being outside biking
2019-06-03: What I read in May 2019
2019-05-29: Too many windows open and too much clutter
2019-05-27: Yoga every day with Down Dog
2019-05-02: What I read in April 2019
2019-04-09: Yeah, I think I'm just gonna skip Spring...
2019-04-02: What I read in March 2019
2019-03-25: How to Navigate Digital Information
2019-03-10: The pains and joys of ice skating
2019-03-06: Thoughts on Mr. RobotI just watched episode 7...
2019-03-01: What I read in February 2019
2019-02-12: Thinking about social media
2019-02-08: Attention Wars Mini-Series
2019-02-05: Digital Minimalism
2019-02-02: What I read in January 2019
2019-02-01: The amount of snow is the same
2019-01-30: My thoughts on: "All the Birds in the Sky" [book]
2019-01-28: What I thought about Audiobooks
2019-01-23: Wealth of information creates poverty of attention
2019-01-17: My Reader Goals 2019
2019-01-12: Frost crystals view
2019-01-09: Overwhelmed by Ads in a hockey game
2019-01-02: First time listening to an Audio Book
2019-01-01: My year in Books: 2018

2018


2018-12-29: “Do not wait; the time will never be...
2018-12-25: Lovely winter day to walk by the Britannia Bay
2018-12-23: Reading
2018-12-23: [Book] All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
2018-12-21: The Hyperlink versus the Stream
2018-12-17: Sticking with one productivity system
2018-12-15: 2018 Reading Goals: almost there!
2018-12-10: I deleted my Instagram account
2018-12-03: Where does this need to write come from?
2018-07-31: Social Media Declutter: My Change Log (2016-2018)
2018-05-31: Hello after a long break and yes to “Social Internet”
2018-04-01: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Book Review]

2017


2017-09-30: A long path into minimalism and a big move
2017-09-12: GTD helping me get to inbox Zero on GMail
2017-04-21: My thoughts about “Dragonfly in Amber” (Outlander #2)
2017-04-06: Playing the Minimalism Game Month #2: The Outcome
2017-03-17: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think [Book Review]
2017-03-01: Playing the Minimalism Game (Part 3) #Minsgame
2017-02-20: Playing the Minimalism Game (Part 2) #Minsgame
2017-02-09: Playing the Minimalism Game (Part 1) #Minsgame
2017-02-08: The practice of failure
2017-01-31: 366 Days of Journaling: the Journey!

2016


2016-11-26: The Paradox Trilogy: one of my favorites sci-fi romances of late
2016-06-27: The Power of Habit [Book Review]
2016-06-10: Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists [Book Review]
2016-06-06: How a list out of boredom made me want to start writing
2016-05-23: The Art of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill [Book Review]

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

1. Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha: I gotta say the series’ name combining the words “Mercenary” and “Librarians” was what attracted me to this book. And I enjoyed it! Strong female characters, information brokers who just want to help people, near-future post-apocalyptic setting, super soldiers against the power of corporations, augmented humans,  librarians, mercenaries, and romance. The characters grew on me, the plot was intriguing, enough, and the romance was NOT the usual  “alpha male” dynamic. It made me want to read the next in the series.

2. Ancestral Night (White Space #1) by Elizabeth Bear: This book starts with space opera feels, then turns into a more introspective narrative inside the main character’s head. It’s a far-future society, people have implants that can record memories, search for information and communicate with each other. There are spaceships AI’s who can be citizens, implants that can regulate hormones on the fly and enhance or avoid certain feelings, alien technology, a problematic cult, personal trauma discussions, humans enhanced to live in low gravity, and pirates. There is a lot going on! Did I mention space alien giant whales and a mantis cop? Also, there are discussions about social freedom versus social responsibility. The pace of the book was uneven, and it felt super slow in some parts.

3. Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache #1) by Louise Penny: I wanted to get more into mysteries, and this was a good start. This is the first book in the series, and I wanted to read it mostly because the story location is a small fictional town in the Eastern Townships region in Quebec. The detective, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, is a lovable character: he is kind and smart, but also firm when needed. I wasn’t sure who the murderer was until it was revealed. This book is very sensible as well, and we get to know what the characters are thinking and feeling, making them believable. I just wanted to hang out in the local B&B (brunch and breakfast) with them someday!

4. White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher: Nice page-turner, with vampire courts conflicts, lots of ghouls, Harry Dresden working together with more allies (so it’s not himself alone against the bad guys) and a lot is happening in this book.

5. Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer: This book discusses how anxiety can become a habit we barely notice and suggests some ways we can get out of the loop. I enjoyed it because it focuses a lot on mindfulness practices, and how they can help in the process of noticing the anxiety habit. My main takeaways were: mindfulness meditation is an excellent practice to notice what is going on, loving-kindness meditation helps with resilience and well-being, and it reminded me to not fall into the “Why am I having these thoughts” question loop. It doesn’t matter why thoughts are happening, what matters is how we react to them.

#readinglist #books #reading

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

I had one day this week that I had an appointment early in the morning (1 hour before I start at my job). So that meant I didn’t have time to do my whole morning routine, I just had time to eat breakfast and leave.

And I tried to prepare the night before, telling myself that it was okay to skip my morning routine once. But I wasn’t ready for the consequences. I guess I didn’t know how much my quiet time in the morning (meditation + yoga) impacts my day.

It turns out skipping this quiet time made me more anxious and less resilient to daily work stressors. It felt like I didn’t have the extra boost of energy to be able to slow down and think things through. I felt overwhelmed and it was hard to focus. I was exhausted by the end of the day and the best thing I could do was have a nice healthy dinner and go to bed early.

Today was different, I had plenty of time for my morning routine and I started the day feeling great. When I was getting ready to leave for work, I got some voice messages from a family member that were hurtful. And I know it was not on purpose, this person is going through a lot of grief and pain right now. I got a little bit rattled and angry but then I had the peace of mind to realize that those words weren’t true. And that I could focus on my reaction to those words, rather than starting a discussion about them. I took a deep breath and calmed down.

The comparison of these 2 days gave me proof that having some quiet time with mindfulness practices really work for me. I feel like I am more capable of getting out of stressful situations and have better awareness of my feelings and thoughts.

#journal #mindfulness #morning #routine

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

I went for an eye exam last week and my optometrist told me my eyes were too dry and she suggested me to blink more when I’m working at a computer. She told me to get a post it, write “BLINK” on it and put it on my monitor so that I would automatically blink more when starting at my screen. Ok, great!

But I really want to talk about overwhelm. Some days I’m feeling totally overwhelmed at work. I get paralyzed, I can’t plan my next actions, I compulsively check email, or news, or whatever, I forget to take notes… I’ve been talking about this my therapist and one of the things she recommended was practicing identifying my overwhelm symptoms right when they start. For me the signs are racing thoughts, inability to focus, higher heart rate, headache and an overall feeling of unease.

And when I notice those signs, I should start my Overwhelm First Aid Kit routine. Inspired by the “BLINK” post it, I created one with my overwhelm emergency checklist and put it on my board, so that I can easily look at it and calm down.

The steps are:

  1. STOP! Take 3 deep breaths.

  2. Step away: get up and look out the window, get some water or tea.

  3. Notice body sensations: what am I feeling right now? Naming the sensations helps them slow down.

  4. Mind Sweep: WRITE! Helps getting thoughts out of my head, because they are bombarding me.

  5. Plan and Resume: After I calm down, create a plan of what to do next.

  6. FOCUS! Close distractions and start working on the next action.

  7. Celebrate my progress 🙌.

I had an overwhelm incident at work yesterday, and I took a long time to identify it and snap out of it. I had unconsciously tensed my body and clenched my jaw, and by the end of the day I had a sore neck and shoulder.

Now I am more aware of when overwhelm starts creeping in and hopefully this post-it will help me get out of it sooner.

#journal #overwhelm #mentalhealth #noisymusings

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

Happy New Year! 🎉

Every year I look back at my reading list and think about my reader goals. I don’t have any specific genre or theme I want to focus on now. For 2023 I want to tackle my TBR digital pile.

I have 106 unread books that are already loaded in my e-reader. I quickly looked at the list and I’ve chosen 37 that I’d like to get through in 2023.

I have some series I want to continue reading:

  1. A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) by Becky Chambers

  2. Aurora Blazing (Consortium Rebellion #2) by Jessie Mihalik

  3. The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War, #2) by John Scalzi

  4. Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax #2) by Ann Aguirre

  5. Planetfall (Planetfall #1) by Emma Newman

  6. Atlas Alone (Planetfall #4) by Emma Newman

  7. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Corey

New series and books that have been on my radar:

  1. Poison or Protect (Delightfully Deadly #1) by Gail Carriger

  2. Ambush or Adore (Delightfully Deadly #3) by Gail Carriger

  3. Defy or Defend (Delightfully Deadly #2) by Gail Carriger

  4. Between Two Thorns (The Split Worlds #1) by Emma Newman

  5. Any Other Name (The Split Worlds #2) by Emma Newman

  6. Arsene Lupin, gentleman cambrioleur (Arsene Lupin #1) by Maurice Leblanc

  7. Children of Time (Children of Time #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

  8. Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha

  9. Diving into the Wreck (Diving Universe #1) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

  10. Fire Logic (Elemental Logic #1) by Laurie J. Marks

  11. Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi

  12. Nightfall (Blood Magic #1) by L.H. Cosway

  13. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

  14. Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1) by Tade Thompson

  15. The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

  16. The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken (The Scarred Earth Saga #1 )

  17. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

  18. The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

  19. The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe

  20. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

  21. The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

  22. The Cold Between (Central Corps #1) by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Non-fiction books:

  1. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich

  2. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  3. How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them by Jason Stanley

  4. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil

  5. In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan

  6. The Science of Time Travel by Elizabeth Howell

  7. Power of Fun by Catherine Price

  8. The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara

I will have at least 12 more books that are going to be picked for my local Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club and I’m sure I’ll have more books added to this list. This is a starting point, in case I run out of ideas!

Happy reading in 2023!

#Books #Booklist #ReaderGoals

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

  1. Under One Roof (The STEMinist Novellas #1) by Ali Hazelwood, 112p: Another funny and lighthearted romance with engineers/women in STEM!

  2. The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura #1) by Martha Wells, 278p: Shape-shifting flying lizard-draconian type beings (Raskura), mysterious magic, an outcast story, and an evil enemy. This one didn't grab me that much, maybe it was the writing style or the fact that I didn't really like the main character? This was the first fantasy novel I read by Martha Wells, and now I know I prefer her sci-fi books better. I won't continue reading this series.

  3. Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood, 354p: Full of cool science references, like Marie Curie and NASA, with engineers, astronauts, and neuroscientists. I don't where else a romance novel has all these elements together, and that's why I love this author's books with STEM-inspired themes.

  4. Book Lovers by Emily Henry, 377: I usually read romance with fantasy or sci-fi elements so I'm kinda new to the contemporary romance genre. This book was such a delightful vacation read: small town, people who love books, people who work in the publishing industry, and an unconventional romance storyline. It turns upside down some normal romance tropes, and I was surprised by the ending. It was the perfect read while I was recovering from COVID-19.

#readinglist #books #reading

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

My partner tested positive for COVID-19 and he has been feeling awful for 4 days now but no fever. I'm still testing negative, but my throat is sore, and I feel a little weak and slow today.

We are both isolating ourselves, I'm working from home. We cancelled our plans to visit some friends in Montreal this weekend.

I'm glad my partner and I are not having any serious symptoms, thanks to the (four) booster vaccines :)

This is the first time during the whole pandemic that we got in really close contact with the virus, I guess. Neither of us has ever tested positive or had symptoms before.

I feel like switching to Holiday-mode this year feels harder than usual for some reason. I will be on vacation next week, so I plan on going for some winter hikes. And also: read a lot, being cozy under blankets with a cup of tea. Watch some shows that have been on my @to-watch list for a while. Do longer yoga sessions. Journal whenever I feel like.

I guess it’s been such a busy year for us, we’ve completed a bunch of long-term projects that started 3-4 years ago, which is nice. So many things happened, good and bad, and it has been a little overwhelming.

I really need time off. I hope I will get into my end-of-year reflection mode and find some stillness.

And here some snowy visuals (I love the snow that accumulates in tree branches, looks like cotton candy)

#health #covid #journal #noisymusings #winter

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

  1. After Atlas (Planetfall #2) by Emma Newman, 384p: I was blown away, this book is unputdownable! So good! It’s a sci-fi thriller with a murder investigation along with a mysterious cult, global politics, and the issue of the asymmetric power of big corporations. It was the first book I read from this author, and now I want to read all her books!

  2. Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle #1) by C.L. Polk, 318p: It starts with a murder mystery in this Second World War Britain setting. it has magic, people biking everywhere, queer romance, and the main character just wanting to help people and be independent.

  3. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James S.A. Corey, 538p: Not my favorite of the series. Each chapter is one-character POV, and I didn't enjoy that in this one we get way more POVs, other than the core main characters. I particularly didn't enjoy the chapters with Marco Inaros and his son. They are not on my list of likable characters (for obvious reasons if you know the series) and there were maybe too many of those chapters. Anyway, I want to continue reading the series, it seems the plot will continue in a different direction, and that's promising!

  4. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot #2) by Becky Chambers, 152p: This book warmed my heart! Such a delightful, calm, compassionate read. Everybody is so nice in this world, I like that they say to each other: “no pressure, take your time, do what feels good, and I will help you”. I need more books like that! Can’t wait for the next in the series.

#readinglist #books #reading

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

I’ve noticed that almost every morning I wake up to my racing thoughts. My alarm has not gone off yet, but my mind can’t go back to sleep. For the most part they are illogical thoughts, anxieties, worries, in no coherent order. It feels like I’m half-dreaming. Sometimes I look at the time and it’s only half an hour before my usual alarm clock. Then my alarm goes off and these crazy thoughts stop after I get up.

I was thinking that the moment I realize those thoughts is the moment to actually wake up. Like if it was a natural waking up time for me. Like my brain is telling me: “ok, that’s enough for today, let’s get up!”. I’m not sure that’s the case, but I wonder if it makes sense. I’m so conditioned to getting up after my alarm clock! I don’t remember the last time I woke up on my own.

One thing I’ve been doing right before I close my eyes to sleep is: I mentally lay out my morning routine and tell myself how great it will feel. My morning routine is:

  • Get up, drink some water.
  • Go to the next room where I have my yoga mat.
  • Sit down and meditate for at least 10 minutes.
  • Do at least 15 minutes of yoga.
  • Do a final stretch and go take a shower.

I noticed that when I don’t take these steps, my day will not feel the same. I’m known to sleep in on the weekends and then I skip this whole routine, only to regret it later. So, I’m trying to keep the same morning routine even on weekends because I know it works for me.

Another thing I’ll try is: noticing when my brain is racing in the morning and actually getting out of bed (even before my alarm clock) and see what happens. Will I have the mental awareness to get myself up? Can I wake up “naturally”? I’ll see how this experiment goes...

#journal #noisymusings #sleep #thoughts

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

I feel like I was in the middle of a storm for the last couple of months, and now I see clear skies and calmness. I spent 10 days in my home country, reconnected with my family, got stressed about Brazilian bureaucracy, had some fun, organized paperwork and got back to Canada, a place I recognize as home now. Fall is my favorite season, so I was back in time to see leaves falling, the orange hues of dusk and cool days.

I’m ready for winter. I’ve accomplished a lot this year already, so I just want to chill. I’ve had challenges and good stuff happening, and I’m grateful for all of them. After all, we are what we do every day. I can highlight a few things:

  • It was our first year as homeowners: the joys of shoveling snow from our driveway during winter and worrying about squirrels in the attic.
  • Enjoyed all the trails and bike paths around my neighborhood.
  • Me and my partner are Canadian Citizens now!
  • I completed an important step of a professional designation I’ve been working towards for the past 4 years.
  • My dad passed away and I now see that as a good life lesson in awareness of our mortality. It was tough in the beginning, but I used mindfulness to acknowledge it and accept it.
  • I visited my family in Brazil, and I feel that closed off nicely this year’s cycle of goals, challenges and joys.

So, for the rest of this year, I want to reconnect with my writing and hobbies, enjoy winter, and remember to practice “non-doing”. I read about this in the book “Wherever you go, there you are”. It has nothing to do with being lazy:

“Non-doing simply means letting things be and allowing them to unfold in their own way.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

The author also mentions that any meditation practice is a form of “non-doing” in which we are able to step away from the busyness of our lives and to “contemplate, to make time for being, for purposefully not doing anything.”

I will choose only a couple projects I want to focus on this winter and put the rest away for the spring. I will focus on activities that are relaxing and help me wind down, such as: yoga, meditation, reading, long walks, calm mornings, journaling.

⛄ I wish all a cozy winter (for all you folks in northern hemisphere)! And a happy summer, if you are in the southern portion of the globe.

#journal #NoisyMusings

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By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.

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